Cantonese char siu

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only

Enjoy this delicious honey-glazed pork with jasmine rice, pak choi and spring onions for an easy supper. Choose fattier pork steaks for more flavour

  • Prep:5 mins
    Cook:30 mins
    plus 5 hrs marinating
  • Serves 3
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 412
  • fat 10g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 40g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 40g
  • salt 1.4g


  • 3 pork shoulder steaks (choose fattier steaks, if possible)
  • cooked jasmine rice and steamed pak choi, to serve
  • 1 spring onion, finely sliced, to serve
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce (you can also use oyster sauce, but you’ll need more honey as it’s less sweet)
  • 1⁄2 cube red bean curd from a can, plus 3 tsp sauce from the can
  • 1⁄2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1⁄2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Shaohsing rice wine (Chinese cooking wine)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 6 tbsp honey


  1. First, make the marinade. Whisk the hoisin sauce, red bean curd (along with the sauce from the can), the soy sauces, rice wine, garlic and 3 tbsp honey together. Tip half into a large bowl with the pork, reserving the rest of the marinade for basting later. Season the pork, toss to coat and chill for 5 hrs to marinate.

  2. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Transfer the pork to a roasting tin and roast for 30 mins.

  3. Meanwhile, mix the remaining marinade with the rest of the honey. Brush over the pork every 10 mins, so it’s evenly coloured. Serve with the rice and pak choi, and the spring onions scattered over.

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